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February 2009 - Grocery Outlet

San Pablo

99 cents - Lindt Excellence Madagascar 70% cocoa chocolate 3.5 oz bar
99 cents - Lindt Swiss bittersweet dark chocolate
$1.99 - Fresh blueberries from Chile 6oz. Very good condition and good flavor
99 cents - Philly cream cheese 8 oz
99 cents - Discover Cuisine frozen chipotle chicken and Mexican style rice 12 oz
99 cents - Discover Cuisine frozen sweet pepper beef and broccoli with white rice 12 oz
$1.79 for a box of 6 frozen 3 oz. bars of Helados Mexico. There is strawberry now
$1.49 - Haagen Daaz sticky pudding ... or something like that
79 cents - Del Monte traditional spaghetti sauce 26 1/2 oz

Deals of the week?

99 cents 12 oz frozen wild Pollock
$3.49 1.25 lbs frozen wild Pacific salmon

There are lots of deals for fruit such as pears, apples, oranges, strawberies

I won't give the prices on those since they seem to vary across stores. I took a friend shopping at GO and almost across the board, the prices at San Pablo for the produce was 50 cents more than at the Oakland store.

For example, Oakland had some wonderful looking fresh cauliflower for 99 cents a head. At the San Pablo store it was $1.49 and not as nice looking. Oakland had a larger variety of apples pink ladies, gala, rome, fuji, granny smith ... maybe others. Three pound bags were $1.50 - $1.99

Also in oakland

99 cents Organic flatbread crackers from Italy- plain, rosemary ... red pepper, I think.

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  1. from Oaktown:

    99 cents - Lindt Swiss bittersweet dark chocolate and another mint flavored one
    1.49 - Heinz Polish dill spears
    1.49- Marie Callender's house salad dressing
    2.49- Christopher Ranch minced garlic in water
    3 / $1 green bell peppers (yellows and reds were 2 / $1)

    2.49- St Ives apricot facial scrub (14 oz)
    99 cents - Love My Carpet (14 oz) carpet deodorizer

    2.99 Salmon Harbor Merlot (Washington St)

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    1. re: baron45

      Oakland also had Alter Eco fair trade bars in three flavors for 99 cents (3.5 ounces).

    2. That Discover Cuisine chipotle chicken was actually pretty good (in the context of frozen entrees). Well worth 99 cents if you buy/eat that type of thing.

      1. I think the Hagen-Dasz flavor is probably "sticky toffee pudding."

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        1. re: jlafler

          Yep, that is it. Berkeley has it

          Berkeley has Sonoma Snacks cheese cubes garlic jack or pesto jack 99 cents for an eight oz bag. For some reason the other flavors are $1.99. The exp date is apr 20 2009, so no real reason I can determine. I had both flavors a while back and liked the garlic. The pesto I wouldn't take for free. There was a bitter, unpleasant taste to it.

          If you have absolutely no standards for English muffins there were 12 for $1.69

          Driving to Napa on Sunday I noticed the Vallejo store finally moved ... actually they moved Oct 29th. So I stopped by. Here's what they had

          $1.29 Frozen edame pods ... is that a better price than TJ's?
          $1.49 Frozen shelled edame
          99 cents Lindt Excellence 85% cocoa extra dark choclate bar
          99 cents Gallo pepperoni
          50 cents 3 oz can Deep Cove Albacore solid white tuna

          The new store is nicer with more room. The shopping carts all match and say Grocery Outlet. There is a special stand alone cheese section like Berkeley. They seem to be upgrading their wine selection ... a real negative in the past with the Vallejo location. It always had the least selection.

          BUT ... as I suspected all this comes with a cost. Prices are sometimes higher here. It was interesting since in a three day period I happened to visit Oakland, San Pablo and Berkeley stores too. The prices vary throughout the stores Usually San Pablo has the lowest prices ... please GO ... don't remodel it ... I love low prices and funky shopping carts ... if it means lower prices.

          Oakland's advantage is the best bread selection, olive oil at good prices and a good wine selection. Usually there's some good brand of vodka there.

          Berkeley usually has the best cheese selection

          As mentioned, SP usually has the least expensive prices and there are often markdowns. I got a box of Nutritious Living Antioxidant Indulgence cereal with strawberries, goji berries, dark chocolate marked down to 99 cents. It is not bad with milk ... the chocolate turns the milk chocolate.

          The advantage of Vallejo at the old location is that they had more gourmet specialty items than the other stores ... things like jarred peppers, mustards, etc. I'm not really seeing that at the new location but they still seem to be in the mode of setting up.

          For some reason Vallejo had fliers out for Feb 11 - 17 coming up
          $3.99 3lb pack Harris Ranch fresh ground beef ... that's $1.33 lb
          $1.49 North Beach fresh grated parmesan 4 oz
          50 cents American Italian spaghetti or elmbow macaroni
          79 cents Del Monte spaghetti sauce 26.5 oz
          99 cents bagged garden salad 1 lb

          Sounds like Italian night to me. Most of the stores were selling Alto Agrelo boxed wine from Argentina for $9.99. It is a 2007 Cabernet / Malbac blend

          1. re: rworange

            David Carlson has pointed out several times that all but three of the stores (I forget which three, but Oakland is one) are independently owned, so Grocery Outlet has no say on whether they remodel or how much they charge.

            I got an interesting insight on how they set prices, at least at the Oakland store. I asked a guy stocking shelves there one day how much an item was in an unpriced display. He looked at a code on the big cartons which he said told him how much GO paid, and then from that told me how much the item should be (he didn't tell me what the formula for the mark-up was, though).

        2. Let me first say I love this thread, got me totally hooked on GO. One day in between a full time school schedule and a three year old I hope to contribute. I did want to say, not sure if it was the same Salmon, but I bought a few packages a while back that sound like yours. When I got home I noticed in little tiny letters product of China. Not what I was thinking when I saw Wild Pacific Salmon. Just wanted to put that out there for those who are watching out for these things!

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          1. re: elliora

            i guess if the fish were caught, by Chinese fisherman, on their way home to China spawning grounds they would still be wild Pacific salmon. However, they are probably caught here in the USA and then shipped to China for processing, much cheaper, and then sent back. That 16000 mile trip is probably 8 times longer than the fishes' when they were alive.

            1. re: elliora

              Yep. same salmon ... chum salmon

              1. re: rworange

                At the RWC store today:

                99 cents - South Beach Living cereal (13 oz Vanilla Almond Crunch--May 2009)
                1.49 - CURVES cereal (16.25 oz Honey Crunch -- April 2009)
                1.49 - Back to Nature cereal (10 oz. Cinnamon Crunch -- March 2009)
                99 cents -- Vitasoy - 32oz chocolate (label in both French/English so perhaps for Canadian market?)
                99 cents -- Mariners Cove New England Clam Chowder (15 oz can)

                8.99 De Cecco Extra Virgin Olive Oil (1 liter)

                BTW, there were also a few other brands of EVOO mostly at $7.99 for 1L bottles. Anyone know which brands are considered good? I only know it's better to buy in glass bottles instead of plastic.

                1. re: baron45

                  The brands move in and out so quickly as far as olive oil, I don't usually take a chance unless it is some ridiculous price. There was a really good $1.99 bottle a while back. Currently at the Oakland store is a $2.99 bottle of Crisco light oilive oil ... and it is actually not bad. Very good for cooking.

                  I think that at the $8 and up price, then you are better off buying olive oil at Trader Joe's which is more consistant and without surprises. The other thing is just jot down the name and do a google to see if it is any good and comparable prices elsewhere.

                  Some of the stores have bags of Golden Delicious apples for 99 cents. Some are really nice with that pink blush and a good aroma. Didn't buy any as I have quite a few apples.

                  Decided to see if I could eat at Grocery Outlet exclusively for $3 a day. So far yes

                  Going gourmet at Grocery Outlet for $3 a day
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/594491

                  1. re: rworange

                    I love your $3 a day posts and your GO posts. Here in SoCal, apparently nobody cares about Grocery Outlet so here are my recent finds:

                    3 bars of Special Dark unsweetened baking chocolate, 99 cents each!
                    28 oz glass jars of organic Maranatha peanut butter, $3 each
                    Kettle chips from I forget the maker, Chesapeake Bay flavor, 79 cents each bag.
                    mocha ice cream sandwich from Soy Delicious, 79 cents each.

                    I also saw the Lindt bars down here. They had some Scharffenberger bars here that were to DIE for, milk chocolate with salted nuts, omg.

                    I have to say that the Berkeley store has the best bread selection, hands down.

                    I love this place so much, so very very much.

                  2. re: baron45

                    In case it's ever stocked again, I liked the Seville brand of EVOO. I'm in Grocery Outlet every week, so I try stuff with a mind that I can return it easily if I'm not satisfied. Granted, this doesn't work well if you need something to cook with that same day.

                    1. re: baron45

                      I've also got Bertolli, Don Turidu, Monte Pollino, Hain, and Olitalia (and Creo, looks like the same oil as Olitalia) all for $7.99 /1L at GO and thought they were all better than the TJ's, if perhaps each different. They also had some Monte Pollino "reserve" in a fancy bottle at $7.99/500mL, which I tried; it's noticeably smoother so I use it just for dipping bread, and use the 1L bottles for cooking and salad dressing

                      I tend to like the milder Italian oils; De Cecco is excellent, I'd say the Bertolli or Olitalia was my second favorite. BTW, Berkeley Bowl also has the De Cecco on sale for $9/L now, and their regular price on Olitalia is $9 too. For a dipping oil, the BB Organic EV is a pretty good deal at $8 for 750mL.

                2. In Petaluma today:
                  2.69 Judy's Organic 18 medium eggs
                  2.99 Cascia Farms Org Granola Bars Chocolate Chip 16 count
                  1.49 Blue Horizon Thai Shrimp Spring Rolls (they look real good)
                  1.49 Immaculate Baking Org Baking Cookies - 4 flavors, refrig section. Today I got Triple Chocolate & Chocolate Chip. Last mornth, they just had Oatmeal Raisin and I tried that - they were terrible with a very strong bitter nutmeg taste. I have had the boxed (already baked) Triple Chocolate and they were very good, so I am giving them another go.
                  1.49 Cascadia Farms Org Granola Box - the toddler ate it in the store and approved.
                  1.69 Alexa Panini sandwiches (frozen) 3+ flavors
                  2.09 Alvarado St bread - my reason for stopping in, as Pet GO carries almost regularly
                  V-day boxed chocolates are in.
                  So a good day for treats.

                  Only Sonoma Pesto Cheese cubes for 99c, which I couldn't see buying based on above review! No Discovery Cuisine. Yes, the Harris ground beef in 3 fat contents is in. And some good looking salami.